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While this video only takes three and a half minutes, the actual sign took several days to make. Victoria Estok and Kyle Hittmeier helped along the way – Kyle can be seen painting, Victoria is more elusive. The soundtrack is from some old friends from California, specifically: The Steady Ups and Doctor Echo’s Dub Disaster album, which is one of my favorites. Worth every penny and more.

How To: Get a vector file from your computer onto an 8×4 foot sheet of plywood

All of this is basically in the video, but here it is again. The design was originally a vector file. I made the printout on a large-format copier at the local chain store copy shop for about 8 dollars. Then used a light coat of spray mount to attach it temporarily to the wood. Then I followed the cuts with a good blade in the jig saw, and drilled where the circles were. Before removing the paper I drew a line over the printed line with a pen to leave an indentation on the wood. Lighting this from the side with a small flashlight, I could then trace over the indentations directly onto the wood with pencil. As I did this I removed the paper. Using the re-positionable spray mount means there is no residue of paper or adhesive.

If you have any specific questions, let me know.

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Posted on April 9, 2010

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Jake Dobkin, NYC graffiti photoblogger of Gothamist and Streetsy fame, has decided to share the highly-coveted locations of all the REVS metal sculptures he has photographed in the 5 boroughs.




Says Jake on a recent Flickr post:


“I’ve enjoyed shooting these REVS pieces over the last couple of months. I hope you’ve enjoyed some of the pictures.



Sadly, I’ve run out of known REVS locations– ones that I stumbled across myself, or begged, borrowed, or stole from other REVS enthusiasts. The process of getting the info kind of grosses me out– trading each location like it’s currency. All serious graffiti documentarians are brother artists– giving you one of the locations doesn’t diminish me in any way, whether you’ve taken more or less of these pix than I have. And each of us has enjoyed the help of many other photographers in locating most of the pieces– holding back when someone asks me for the same help feels greedy. These locations– and these pieces– don’t belong to any of us– they belong to the community.”




While coming up short of publishing a data set, map, or geotagging the photos, Jake has offered to give the locations to whoever asks for them. Check out the rest of Jake’s REVS photos to get started, and thanks to all the REVS fans for their dedicated documentation.




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UPDATE: In response to comments, Jake has added location data to all of his REVS pictures. You can contact Jake directly for access to the map, which has been set on restricted privacy. Even the lo-fi version of the map is revealing in the patterns of REVS’ work:

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Posted on March 19, 2008

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